BALWEG DESERVED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
The long list of crimes of Conrado Balweg against the
people of the Cordillera and the revolutionary movement
involved blood debts, and cried out for capital punishment.
Appropriate bodies of the revolutionary movement had
undertaken the necessary judicial processes and decisions
way back in 1986-87. Since then, other bodies reviewed his
cases and and reaffirmed his death sentence several times.
The sentence was finally carried out by one of the units of
Chadli Molintas Command, NPA-Cordillera in Barangay Buanao,
Malibcong, Abra on December 31, 1999.
Balweg's crimes, as the principal leader of the Cordillera
People's Liberation Army (CPLA) and in his personal
capacity, are unconscionable to the people and properly
deserve capital punishment. He is responsible for the
following crimes together with a few other ring-leaders of
a counter-revolutionary split from the CPP and a mutiny
within the NPA in the Cordillera on April 7, 1986.
Balweg and his CPLA cohorts misled numerous Party
members and Red fighters into cooperating with the AFP,
and carted away more than 100 high-powered firearms
from the NPA's arsenal, together with collective funds
and other resources, which were products of immense
sacrifices by Red commanders and fighters of the NPA.
abduction on October 6, 1987 and subsequent murder by
the CPLA of Daniel Ngayaan of Tanglag, Lubuagan,
Kalinga, a tribal leader and chairman of the Cordillera
Bodong Association (CBA, distinct from Balweg's CBAd),
and also a member of the the Executive Committee of the
Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA). C. Balweg issued a
statement admitting the CPLA's execution of Ngayaan.
abduction, torture and killing of Romeo Gardo of
Tiempo, Tubo, Abra, a youthful CPA organizer in Abra,
at the hands of the CPLA on December 28, 1987.
off to the enemy the identity, position and location of
leading cadres and members of the Party and the NPA,
apart from the identity and activities of local
revolutionary leaders and acitvists. Balweg and his
group supplied valuable information to the enemy in
1986-1987, making it easy for the AFP to carry out
"salvage" operations againsts Party cadres
and military operations in the guerilla zones.
mysterious death of Fr. Bruno Ortega, S.V.D. of
Licuan-Baay, Abra, who died in Balweg's office at the
Cordillera House in Baguio City in December 1987.
Shortly before his death, Ortega was planning to return
to the fold of the revolutionary movement.
CPLA's extrajudicial execution by firing squad of two
peasant folk of Bucay, Abra (Jonathan Bisnan and
Tito Babasa); the execution of Benito Dang-aw of
Tubtuba, Tubo, Abra in 1987.
death of two tribal elders of Salegseg, Balbalan and
two other children in Balbalan, Kalinga in the hands of
torture and killing of NPA member Pagpag Afarag of
Can-eo, Bontoc, Mountain Province by the CPLA at
Bikigan, Sadanga, Mountain Province in 1988.
addition, Conrado Balweg is also guilty of several grave
violations of Party and NPA discipline that he incurred
when he was still with the revolutionary movement. In
particular, he sexually exploited several women, taking
advantage of his position and prestige in the revolutionary
After breaking away from the CPP-NPA, he illegally
accummulated wealth in collaboration with officials of the
CPLA, Department of Energy and Natural Resources, Bureau of
Mines, and the National Commission on Indigenous People
(NCIP) by auctioning tribal and other ancestral lands to
foreign monopoly mining firms without the true consent of
Balweg molded himself willingly to the whims of the
reactionary ruling classes of big landlords and compradors.
He made a mockery out of the people's indigenous culture
and socio-political institutions, like the Bodong, in order
to perpetuate his interest and that of a few ruling elite.
Since 1986 Conrado Balweg did not heed the repeated advice
from the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NPA and
the people, as well as personal appeals from his own
brothers and sisters, and from other well-meaning
personalities in and out of the Cordillera region for him
not to take the road of armed counter-revolution and not to
go against the interest of the people.
Instead, he went to the side of the US imperialists, big
comprador-landlords and the fascist state and voluntarily
took the cudgels of armed counter-revolution, oppression
and exploitation of the people. Through the CPLA that he
led, he carried out the enemy's dirtiest jobs in killing
supporters, mass activists and leaders of the revolutionary
movement in the Cordillera. He made himself into an
instrument of anti-communist propaganda and witch-hunting,
and tried in vain to counter every political, military and
cultural endeavor of the revolutionary movement in the
Conrado Balweg was served the death penalty when his party
arrived in Buanao, Malibcong. He was armed with an Ingram
machine pistol, and was accompanied by a host of
bodyguards. As in their earlier sorties into Cordillera
hotspots, their intent was to undertake a sabotage mission
against the NPA's economic reform program, building of
revolutionary people's organizations and the people's
resistance movement against the encroachment of mining and
other destructive firms in Abra, Kalinga and Mountain
By and large, the people of Cordillera consider Conrado
Balweg's death punishment as justice long overdue. The
people and the revolutionary forces have removed a small
but painful and malignant tumor, and can hope for a
healthier growth of the struggle for national
self-determination and democracy.
The people should be warned, however, of people like Balweg
who have turned into traitors against the interests of the
national minorities, who actively conspire with the fascist
state to foment bloody intrigues among the tribes of
Cordillera, and who aggressively engage in armed
The Communist Party of the Philippines, the NPA and the
revolutionary movement enjoin further the people of
Cordillera to build greater unity. We must remain vigilant
against efforts of the US-Estrada regime to capitalize on
the death of Balweg to whip up anti-communist hysteria and
divide the ranks the people. The US-Estrada regime and its
local cohorts should be fought tooth-and-nail against
pushing the people of Cordillera to fight among themselves.
Kahit ilan pang katulad ni Conrado Balweg ang ipupukol ng
reaksyunaryong papet na rehimen, lalabanan ito ng Partido,
NPA at mamamayan nang may buong-tatag na kapasyahan.
and punish the traitors of the Cordillera people's
struggle for self-determination and democracy!
the protracted people's war to greater and newer
the people's revolutionary justice system!
Chadli Molintas Command
New People's Army-Cordillera
January 3, 2000